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IDEALS    OF    LIFE                         125

them the spirit of jollity prevails as it did in Chaucer's times,
and tales are told on the way like those Chaucer recorded.

Hence, thirdly, it provides the Chinese with a chance to
enjoy mountain scenery, for most Buddhist temples are situated
on high mountains at scenic spots. It is the one little pleasure
the Chinese allow themselves In their usual humdrum every-
day life. They arrive and put up in what seem to be superior
hotel rooms, and drink tea and gossip with the monks. The
monks are polite conversationalists, they offer good vegetarian
dinners and reap an enormous sum in their coffers. The
pilgrims then go home with freshened spirits and renewed
energy for their exacting daily routine. Who can deny that
Buddhism has an Important place in the scheme of Chinese